Automation Engineer I MES - API

Facility:  Engineering

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we are helping to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. As a result, our employees embark on life-changing careers with opportunities for mobility and growth within a global organization. At Novo Nordisk, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry.


Our new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) facility houses the Fermentation, Recovery and Purification in the production of ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products. Are you ready to help make what matters? Then, we are ready for you!


Position Purpose

Support successful design & implementation of automation for process or utility systems. Provide input, review & approve design & requirement specifications. Secure proper & efficient implementation & qualification. Support production & other stakeholders. Improve reliability of the process control systems to meet current & projected customer, business & regulatory requirements by focusing on people & equipment while being the gatekeeper of our defined standards.



  • Support troubleshooting during process downtime
  • Support, develop & manage plans to maintain & improve process control systems
  • Support & manage implementation of systems & interfaces
  • Support & manage Corporate, Product Supply, DAPI, site, stakeholder & departmental initiatives/projects
  • Support technical clarifications with suppliers & internal stakeholders
  • Operate as automation resource on projects that involve process control systems
  • Adhere to automation standards
  • Coach & train colleagues & stakeholders in relevant areas/develop training material when necessary
  • Utilize the appropriate cLEAN® tools when relevant to solve problems or improve processes
  • Manage assignments within compliance with a Quality Mindset that focuses on risk management & mitigation
  • Ensure quality of systems adhere to company standards
  • Adhere to Change Management standards


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in computer science/engineering/related field, equivalent combination of experience & education
  • Minimum of two (2) years of engineering experience in process-based manufacturing (API, formulation, etc.), utility and/or packaging systems


Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledgeable in troubleshooting (systematic problem solving) automated/IT system issues, including interfaces & hardware components
  • Knowledgeable in the following: PLC (Rockwell), HMI, PCS/DCS (DeltaV preferred), Historian (OSI PI preferred), SCADA systems, MES (Syncade, etc.) preferred, MS SQL preferred
  • Understanding of programming & configuring PLCs, PCS or DCS systems
  • Proven expertise in planning/organization & project execution. Strong in following up on results & revising the work plan for complex problems being resolved by cross functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands
  • Must be able to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Constantly positions oneself to transfer materials within manufacturing environment
  • Frequently moves about building(s) to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 and/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procure motorized vehicle license
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to access service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally required to secure a motorized vehicle license & operate a motorized vehicle
  • Occasionally works around odorous &/or hazardous materials
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions oneself within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Able to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Able to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Able to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.